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LENS PORN: Vivitar 75-205mm f/3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom by Kino Precision


Vivitar 75-205mm f/3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom
Vivitar 75-205mm f/3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom by Kino Precision


Let me introduce you to the Vivitar 75-205mm f/3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom. This lens has a serial number starting with "#22...", and is made by a highly esteemed lens maker called, Kino Precision. This lens was produced around the late 1970s, and this was the predecessor of Vivitar's legendary Series 1 70-210 f/3.5 lenses.


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SPECS

Vivitar 75-205mm f/3.8
MC Macro Focusing Zoom

Manufactured By:
Kino Precision

Year Introduced: 
1977

Minimum Focusing Distance:
1 meter / 3 feet

Focus Throw:
180 degrees

Filter Thread Size:
62mm

Aperture Run:
f/3.8 - f/22 (half-stop clicks)

# Aperture Blades:
6

Made in Japan


Photo Album:
https://flic.kr/s/aHskEKP54y

Video:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgUdPOZhSJc


Vivitar 75-205mm f/3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom by Kino Precision

Vivitar 75-205mm f/3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom by Kino Precision
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The image quality shocked me when I first used it because the Vivitar/Kiron consistently excels in sharpness, contrast, resolution and color saturation from 75mm up to 205mm, from f/3.8 up to f/22. The glass is multicoated, with cobalt-blue color like those newer lenses such as the Nikkor 18-55mm.

Vivitar 75-205mm f/3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom by Kino Precision

Vivitar 75-205mm f/3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom by Kino Precision



The size and weight of this lens is typical of any 70-200mm-ish zoom -- big and heavy, which also says alot about its built quality. Everything is made of pure top-notch metal and glass.

Vivitar 75-205mm f/3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom by Kino Precision



This is a one touch design or what they call 'push-pull', which is suitable for capturing fast action scenes. Obviously, the design is made for handheld shooting. If you would mount the camera on a tripod, it looks awkward and I feel like I have to support the lens with my hands all the time because of its weight.

Vivitar 75-205mm f/3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom by Kino Precision

Vivitar 75-205mm f/3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom by Kino Precision

Vivitar 75-205mm f/3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom by Kino Precision



Like any other push-pull lens, it's prone to zoom creep. But the ring is very well damped and has a slight resistance to it. I would prefer if the focus ring was very loose instead because sometimes I miss focus on moving subjects.

Vivitar 75-205mm f/3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom by Kino Precision



The aperture ring is a welcome feature for video shooters. It's also handy because you can easily change the aperture on the fly. There are half-stop clicks, like there is a click between f/8 to f/11. I prefer full stop clicks because it's easier to meter and feel your way while adjusting the aperture value.

Vivitar 75-205mm f/3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom by Kino Precision

Vivitar 75-205mm f/3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom by Kino Precision

Vivitar 75-205mm f/3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom by Kino Precision



On my DX camera D5200, the focal range is effectively 105-302mm. Another feature worth mentioning is the 'close focusing' capability. Lenses of this range usually have a minimum focusing distance of 2 meters. This one can focus as close as 1 meter. The front filter thread rotates while focusing. It takes in 62mm filters/hood. Filters of this size are common and still very cheap to buy.

Vivitar 75-205mm f/3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom by Kino Precision



Conclusion: This outstanding lens is something I'm really very proud of! It's like having several prime lenses in one package. However, I now have a Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5 (also made by Kino Precision) which is optically just as good (considering that there's 70% fungus inside the lens), but can focus a little closer and is about half the size and weight of this Vivitar lens. Since they are both optically magnificent, I went for the smaller and lighter lens as my walkaround telephoto zoom, of course.

Vivitar 75-205mm f/3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom by Kino Precision

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Samples

Nikon D5200 Settings
Photo Size - JPEG Basic/Small
White Balance - Preset, Cloudy
Picture Profile - Standard
HDR/ADL - Off

Everything was shot at f/3.8.

All photo/video are unedited/SOOC.


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